Chloe Sagal8 months ago
Transsexualism IS a medical issue, not a desire. (Bear with wikipedia, but it has links to the peer reviewed articles wrapped in a nice little box here)
Essentially the issue is that during pregnancy, the mother secretes a hormone onto the brain of the developing fetus, which determines the gender of the child. Afterwards some sort of signal is sent to the genitalia to start forming the biological sex. In trans individuals, for whatever reason (the part which is not known at this point) the signal gets crossed.
There is a reason why trans individuals only have a life expectancy of 27. Aside from the obvious described in this passage, there is also a ridiculously high chance of suicide, not just from social stigma as well, but from not receiving the proper treatment that is so deserved. That kind of bullshit, however, extends past trans issues (though, no where in the world has it even close to being right at the moment, as most consider most of the required surgeries to be cosmetic), your issues should be taken care of just as much as the next person. But, that's the world we live in, expecting broken people that aren't capable of functioning in this society to earn their sanity.
And to be fair, the surgeries involved are EXTREMELY expensive, and in the case of genital surgery, it requires a tremendous amount of hoops to jump through.
I don't think the issue is that there is a problem with determining what is real/fake anymore, I think it's an issue with an obsession over what is real/fake.